Soils, carbon and climate change: CFAES’s Lal speaks on national, world stages

CFAES scientist Rattan Lal (pictured) has been busy lately.

The Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science joined a Dec. 4 National Public Radio panel discussion called “The Ground Beneath Our Feet”; was quoted in a Dec. 3 New York Times opinion piece titled “Soil Power! The Dirty Way to a Green Planet”; and keynoted three recent international events related to soils, carbon and climate change.

Lal is also the director of our college’s Carbon Management and Sequestration Center. Visit the center’s website.

Top 10 service to Ohio’s fish farmers

Successful Farming magazine recently included CFAES aquaculture specialist Matt Smith (pictured) on its list of 10 exceptional Extension specialists from across the U.S.

Smith’s No. 1 priority, says the newsletter of CFAES’s Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon, where he’s based, is to “work toward expanding sustainable and profitable fish farms in the state of Ohio.”

Read the Succesful Farming story.

New, better ways to apply fertilizer? Precisely

CFAES’s second annual Precision University will show farmers new ways to apply fertilizer that (1) keep it from running off the land, getting into water and possibly feeding harmful algal blooms; and (2) give them more bang for their fertilizer buck.

It’s on Jan. 11 in London, about 30 miles west of Columbus. Read more and register.

Sustainable World Tour hits the road

The Sustainable World Tour, a public awareness campaign by CFAES’s OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center, leaves to go west today, Dec. 26, with stops set in Missouri, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona and at the Cotton Bowl football game in Dallas, which involves some fellow Buckeyes.

The tour aims to promote biobased products and sustainability.

Follow the tour. (Photo: OBIC.)